News from the UCL Grand Challenges
The latest news from UCL Grand Challenges HQ, including news of new initiatives and funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research.
This video was shown at the recent Grand Challenges Showcase event - it sets out what Rachel Trimmer (UCL Psychology and Language Sciences) and Kate Maresh (UCL Molecular Neuroscience) are doing. They have begun conducting research into anxiety in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, thanks to a small grant from the UCL Grand Challenges.
Published: May 17, 2018 12:02:07 PM
The Grand Challenges are delighted to provide an update on new funding being awarded and a very special event coming soon to UCL.
Published: Mar 7, 2018 6:27:37 PM
To celebrate the work of the Grand Challenges, we would like to invite you to our Showcase event at UCL in April.
Published: Mar 6, 2018 3:00:01 PM
Following the restructuring and expansion of UCL’s Grand Challenges programme, relaunched in 2016, a number of ‘mega-themes’ – stretching across all six Grand Challenges – were identified. Societies Response to Ageing and Adolescent Lives were the first pan-Grand Challenges mega-themes to progress to the stage of special calls, in the current academic year, for cross-disciplinary activity proposals from the UCL research community. Further mega-theme calls will follow in due course, addressing Migration & Displacement, Transformative Cities and Access & Participation.
Published: Mar 5, 2018 4:48:51 PM
Until late 2015 ‘Ageing’ was mainly a UK-focused priority theme in UCL’s Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing. Then, in December of that year, Kyoto University’s hosting of a Grand Challenges Symposium on Demographic Change & Longevity provided a significant stimulus for UCL and Japanese universities to come together in their shared strong determination to address the great existential challenge of the ageing society. Japan’s experience as the world’s most long-lived society, and its great need for solutions, exemplifies the urgency of the problem, not least in regard to Dementia care. Following the UCL Provost’s visit to Osaka, Kyoto, Tohoku and Tokyo universities in the autumn of 2017, UCL agreed to organise a follow-up conference in London. Through Grand Challenges in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, early in 2019, UCL will host a major UCL-Japan conference on ‘The Super-Ageing Society’ jointly with Kyoto University and other Japanese universities.
Published: Feb 21, 2018 6:08:52 PM
The 6th Call for proposals for French Embassy-funded Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops is now open. UCL-based senior researchers (i.e. those with their own research groups) are invited to bid for funds to organise collaborative workshops involving participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.
Published: Nov 23, 2017 2:36:54 PM
A new partnership between UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) has been established to encourage joint research relating to the UCL Grand Challenges.
Published: Nov 21, 2017 2:48:08 PM
The UCL Grand Challenges have awarded over £60,000 in funding to 15 cross-disciplinary projects, bringing academics, post-doctoral researchers and staff of Professional Services departments from across the University together to tackle some of the major problems affecting the world. Pairs of researchers from different Faculties, or from a Faculty and Professional Services, applied for Small Grant funding for activities relating to the Grand Challenges’ Priority Themes, including Brexit, Adolescent Wellbeing, Access & Participation and Food. Successful applicants have been awarded up to £5000 to complete projects in the coming academic year, 2017-18.
Published: Aug 4, 2017 12:07:17 PM
UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) established a new partnership during academic year 2016-17 encouraging joint research relating to the UCL Grand Challenges. The new scheme specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research focused on some of the world’s greatest challenges. Following the scheme’s first call for proposal, for joint activities in 2016-17, the second call, for activities in 2017-18 will close at 23.59 BST on Saturday 30th September 2017.
Published: Jul 19, 2017 9:53:15 AM
Over £29,000 has been awarded to 16 projects in the first ever Grand Challenges small grants scheme run through the UCL Doctoral School.
Published: Jun 29, 2017 4:54:28 PM
Grand Challenges related UCL News
The latest news about or relating to the UCL Grand Challenges, including interdisciplinary research and analysis in the fields of the six Challenges.
Workshops: “In Otto Königsberger’s footsteps – encouraging collaboration between cities and universities”
The UCL Grand Challenges of the University College London is inviting participation in workshops that aim to identify and set an agenda for future research in areas where universities and cities can work together. Faculty members, researchers, students, policy makers, city officials and practitioners are invited to submit rigorous academic or policy or practitioner works on topics related to ‘urban transformation’ that involves, or has the potential for, close collaboration between universities or academic/research institutions and cities. The collaboration is expected to extend beyond data collection to involve aspects such as programme formulation, implementation, impact evaluation and policy framing. The collaboration may involve faculty / researchers/student from universities, and one or multiple stakeholders in cities involved in urban transformation programmes (i.e. Smart Cities Mission, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation).
Published: Mar 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM
A recent workshop at UCL sought to set out a way forward for the new UK Network on the Prohibition of Torture.
Published: Jan 16, 2018 5:23:33 PM
For those of you who missed our Round Table on 21 November on "EU citizens in the UK - Political Participation in light of Brexit" you can now find out more about what happened:
Published: Dec 21, 2017 5:07:16 PM
Today, the Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality launched a report on access to vocational and technical education for the over 25s in England.
Published: Dec 6, 2017 7:47:05 AM
A Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality seminar on inequalities in access to parental leave and flexible working will launch a new report on the topic this afternoon, Thursday 23 November 2017.
Published: Nov 23, 2017 12:28:40 PM
Today Monday 20 November 2017, this year's UCL Lancet lecture welcomes Mrs Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch MP and former Development Cooperation Minister to speak on sexual and reproductive health and President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule.
Published: Nov 20, 2017 10:54:27 AM
Building on the Round Table on Working Parents post Brexit, which took place in May 2017, the Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality is organising a seminar on inequalities in access to parental leave and flexible working.
Published: Nov 7, 2017 6:21:41 PM
Challenge of Justice and Equality report investigates the mid-level non-university
skills gap many employers face and the routes to undertaking technical and
vocational education for the over 25s in England.
Published: Nov 7, 2017 5:56:42 PM
The Grand Challenges have produced this video, detailing the work done by Dr Robert Biel, from the Development Planning Unit in the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.
Published: Nov 2, 2017 5:13:26 PM
UCL is joining forces
with some of the leading institutions and funders in global health to
organise a Global Health Day conference on Monday 4 December 2017 at the Francis Crick Institute in London.
Published: Oct 18, 2017 6:44:22 PM